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|Hockey Hall of Fame, 2019|
Zubov with the Dallas Stars in 2007
|Born|| (1970-07-22) 22 July 1970
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)|
|Played for|| CSKA Moscow
New York Rangers
SKA Saint Petersburg
|National team|| Unified Team and
|NHL Draft|| 85th overall, 1990
New York Rangers
Sergei Alexandrovich Zubov (Russian: Сергей Зубов; born 22 July 1970) is a Russian former professional ice hockey defenceman and former head coach of HC Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Zubov played for the Dallas Stars, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League as well as SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL. Zubov won the Stanley Cup twice: with the Rangers in 1994 and the Stars in 1999. Zubov was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2019.
Zubov is considered one of the best offensive defensemen in NHL history. He played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1998, 1999, and 2000. He has also won two Stanley Cups, one with the New York Rangers in 1994, and the other with Dallas in 1999. In 1992, Zubov won a gold medal at the Olympic Games, playing for the Unified Team. He is also the NHL's all-time leading scorer among Russian defensemen, and the all-time leading scorer among defensemen in the history of the Stars franchise.
Zubov was drafted in the fifth round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. Prior to this, he played for the Red Army's hockey team, HC CSKA Moscow, in Russia. He continued to play for the Red Army until 1992, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Although Sergei spent some of his rookie season with New York's AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Rangers, he played forty-nine games as a rookie for the Rangers, scoring 31 points, considered then to be above-average for a defenseman. Zubov's high-scoring ways continued, as he scored 12 goals and earned 77 assists during the 1993–94 season, which led the team in regular season scoring. He contributed 19 points to the Rangers' playoff campaign, as he, along with Alexander Karpovtsev, Sergei Nemchinov, and Alexei Kovalev became the first Russians to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup.
Zubov continued to play well for the Rangers, but on 31 August 1995, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins with Petr Nedvěd for Ulf Samuelsson and Luc Robitaille. Zubov only spent one season in Pittsburgh, it was rumored because he and team captain Mario Lemieux didn't get along, especially on the powerplay where both men wanted to be in control. Ultimately, he was traded to the Dallas Stars on 22 June 1996 for Kevin Hatcher.
Although Zubov never again reached the scoring height of his 1993–94 season with the Rangers, due to a combination of Dallas's more defensive system and decreased scoring in general, he has earned all three of his trips to the All-Star game with the Stars. He never again reached an 80+ point total, but had 11 consecutive years of 40+ point seasons and 30+ assists.
He was also excellent defensively and while he had a well-sized body, he was known more for his positioning and puck-dislodging abilities out of corners rather than his checking abilities. He had been a mainstay on the penalty killing squad for several years and had only recorded a negative plus/minus four times in his career, with two of them within his first three years in the league.
Zubov always played a solid game, but for years went under the radar and did not garner any nominations for the NHL awards or the NHL First/Second All-Star teams. However, in the 2005–06 season, Zubov posted 71 points for his highest outing in over a decade – and also received his first Norris Trophy nomination.
Zubov and his wife, Irina, have two children.
On 30 July 2009, he decided to leave the NHL as he signed a contract with SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was also selected as a reserve by Team Russia for the 2010 Winter Olympics should an injury occur during the tournament.
On 20 July 2015, Zubov was named to the coaching staff of the Russian national team as a defensive assistant.
|Stanley Cup champion||1994 (NY Rangers), 1999 (Dallas)|
|NHL All-Star Game||1998, 1999, 2000, 2008|
|Second NHL All-Star Team||2006|
Elected to Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019.
- In the 2009 book 100 Ranger Greats, was ranked No. 72 all-time of the 901 New York Rangers who had played during the team's first 82 seasons
- Zubov left the NHL as the league's all-time scoring leader for Russian-born defensemen. He is now 2nd behind Sergei Gonchar.
Regular season and playoffs
|1992–93||New York Rangers||NHL||49||8||23||31||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94*||New York Rangers||NHL||78||12||77||89||39||22||5||14||19||0|
|1994–95||New York Rangers||NHL||38||10||26||36||18||10||3||8||11||2|
|2009–10||SKA Saint Petersburg||KHL||53||10||32||42||32||4||0||1||1||0|
* Stanley Cup Champion.
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